Dear Forest Park Elementary School family,
We are thankful and fortunate that nearly every family in our community generously contributes their financial resources, their time, or both, so that our children enjoy a great education despite shortfalls in public funding. Please join all of us again this year in creating an excellent learning experience for our children and showing that Forest Park is “All In” for our kids!
What the Foundation Supports: Foundation funds are the only way to provide additional staff (PEOPLE) for our school to supplement the district’s annual staffing allocation. Last year, we raised well over $300,000 to support five positions which otherwise would have been reduced. As a result, our children now have an hour of physical education and an hour of technology instruction weekly, as well as academic support in math and literacy for all students. Your funding thus provides needed attention, skills, and programs to every child, K-5, so all students flourish.
Foundation Fundraising Goal: This year, our goal is to raise over $300,000 to cover the projected costs of the staff supported by the Foundation. That is approximately $700 per student, which is less than one month of typical child care expenses.
Target Family Contribution: $58 per month ($700/year) per student
How You Can Contribute: Your financial resources and time are critical to the success of our kids, and it is important that we establish community support now through direct giving and volunteers. However, you can also add to your contribution later at the school auction.
- Direct Giving / Fall Drive – The simplest and most direct way to contribute is to make a monthly or one-time donation, click here, or alternatively by check payable to Forest Park Elementary School Foundation. Many families find automatic monthly giving to be convenient.
This letter and envelope kick off the Fall Drive, a time for all families to contribute toward needed teaching resources. Volunteers will be at the school next week, September 18-22, to accept envelopes with donations. Alternatively, you can submit a donation by placing the envelope in your child’s daily backpack folder. Let’s show that we are truly committed to our kids’ education!
- Auction – Mark your calendars for a fun-filled evening on February 24, 2018 at the Nines Hotel. This is our largest fundraising effort but also a great opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of our amazing school community.
- Volunteer – We would love to hear from anyone who has time to volunteer to ensure the auction is a fun and successful event. All skill sets welcome!!
Please know that ANY amount or time you contribute is important and appreciated. Over 70% of families contributed financial resources to the Foundation last year. Let’s get to 100% this year!
Direct donations are 100% tax deductible. Many local companies match your donation dollar-for-dollar, including Nike, Intel, and Columbia. Please check with your company’s HR department regarding matching policies (which may affect the method and timing of your donation).
Thank you again for your generous contributions. We look forward to working together to ensure Forest Park Elementary remains an outstanding educational experience for our children.
President, Forest Park Elementary School Foundation